Illinois Fire Service Institute


Airport Fire Fighter : 40.00 Hours

Course Description

This 40-hour class is designed for firefighters with 1-3 years of experience who are assigned to, or may be assigned to, aircraft rescue and firefighting duties at or near an airport. In this class the student will learn basic aircraft rescue and firefighter skills and hone these skills during realistic live fire exercises. Students will participate in drills that will simulate response, fire extinguishment and rescue duties. This course is designed to develop a firefighters understanding of airfield layout, aircraft construction, safety hazards, communications, rescue, extinguishing agents, ARFF apparatus, fire suppression, airport planning, and strategies and tactics for incidents involving aircraft. Upon successful completion of this class, the student will walk away with basic airport firefighter competencies.


Fire Fighters seeking Airport Fire Fighter certification: Firefighters who are assigned to, or may be assigned to, aircraft rescue and firefighting duties at or near an airport. Students should have obtained their Firefighter I and II certifications, experience with rescue tools utilized in the fire service, some EMS training including triage, and some incident management training.   Students would ideally have 1-3 years of experience as an active Firefighter. Students may attend this course so that they can be assigned to an active airport.


IFSI prerequisites are based on Illinois and NFPA standards. Equivalencies from other agencies will be reviewed upon request.

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Applicable Credits

Hours 2.5
11 Gerty Dr.
Champaign, IL 61820
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Phone: (217) 333-3800
            (800) 437-5819
Fax: (217) 244-6790
Phone: (217) 333-8925
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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